Dr Mary Ann Bolger is a lecturer in Design History and Visual Culture at the Dublin School of Creative Arts, Technological University Dublin. Since 2017, she has been programme chair of the BA in Contemporary Visual Culture. She also teaches on the MA programmes in the School and supervises PhD students. Mary Ann received her doctorate and her MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art, London. Her research interests include design in and of Ireland, graphic design, typography and language, the visual culture of the everyday, and the material culture of religion.
Some of her recent publications include a chapter on typographic commemoration in Making 1916: Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Rising, edited by Lisa Godson and Joanna Brück (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015) and ‘Counting the days: the material culture of indulgences,’ a chapter in Salvador Ryan’s edited volume Death and the Irish: a Miscellany (Word Well Books, 2016). She is the author of the monograph, Design Factory: On the Edge of Europe (Dublin: Lilliput & Amsterdam: BIS, 2009), a monograph on the Dublin graphic design studio. Mary Ann is co-editor of Campaign: The Journal of the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design and contributes to the ICAD website. She regularly presents papers at peer-reviewed conferences and speaks on radio about design and typography.
With her DIT colleague, Clare Bell, Mary Ann represents Ireland as country delegate of the Association Internationale Typographique. Together they programme the GradCAM seminar group Typography Ireland. They also organised the 2015 Face Forward International Typography Conference, part-funded by Irish Design 2015 and ‘The Word,’ the 2010 annual ATypI conference, hosted by DIT.